Responsibly Prepare For Hurricanes To Avoid Putting Neighbors Lives And Property At Risk
Not everyone has been through a catastrophic event like a hurricane, nor does every resident know how to appropriately and responsibly prepare for one. Stocking up on food, water, batteries, and other essentials are necessary, but so is picking up debris from the front and back yards to ensure that no flying projectiles cause anyone harm. Street signs, trees, and other items pose a big enough risk to our safety, without us adding fuel to the fire, and if you have to ask about the outdoor piece, then it likely needs to be tucked away for safe keeping until after the storm passes.
Put Items Like These In The Garage Or Another Safe Location
Turning on the news or looking at pictures on social media within the last few weeks have brought crazy sights to our attention. Hurricane Irma had extremely high winds that blew away shingles and siding from homes and businesses throughout Florida, but flying projectiles also contributed to properties sustaining damages.
1. Lawn Chairs And Pool Furniture.
These decorative accessories are usually of wood, plastic, or even metal materials. Some are heavier than others, but unless they are bolted or cemented to the ground, it is best to put them away during hurricanes or other storms. They can crash through windows and doors, sending shards of glass and metal into the air. Lacerations that require stitches can occur, but with no access to medical facilities, the victim is left to deal with the problem on their own. These pieces of outdoor furniture also pose a hazard to emergency personnel that is attempting to reach people. They can become struck and injured, or even knocked unconscious from the flying items.
2. Barbecue Or Fire Pits And Other Grills.
If a long-standing power or utility outage occurs, you will need your outdoor grill to cook and provide warmth in the cool and damp elements. Many of the pits available today feature wheels to easily transport the device between locations. Just put it in the garage or shed and allow it to ride out the storm inside. Do not attempt to cook on the barbecue, while it is located indoors, as these actions can have serious health implications as well. Propane units might cause explosions or fires if they become ignited by slamming into a house or vehicle. However, this act is avoidable by just storing the grill away.
3. Toys, Balls, And Exercise Equipment.
Anything that is lightweight, and many items that are heavier, need to become put away to avoid letting them damage property or cause injuries too. Bicycles, trampolines, and even portable basketball goals must either be tied down or disassembled and placed in a secure area until after the high winds have subsided. There is nothing worse than attempting to follow mandatory evacuation orders, only to have a Tonka truck or a riding toy bust through your windshield. We owe it to our friends, family, and neighbors to prepare thoroughly for emergencies, and even when they are weather-related. These acts will help keep our fellow Florida residents, drivers, and first responders safe and protected.
Contact Our Office If You Sustained An Injury From The Negligent Acts Of Another
Not every injury requires legal action or counsel, but our firm is here to help if the need arises. If it can be proven that another party is to blame for the damage, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, loss of wages, or even pain and suffering. Hopefully, you and your loved ones are safe and healthy during these troubling times, but just know that we have the experience and knowledge, to help you through the process, if you determine that legal representation is in your best interest.